Are Sensors And Artificial Intelligence The Future Of Ageing-in-place Technology? –

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Are Sensors And Artificial Intelligence The Future Of Ageing-in-place Technology?

Monday, 6 July 2020, 3:36 pm
Press Release: Securely

International research[1]
is clearly showing the value of sensors in a private
residence to extend the amount of time a person can remain
independently in their home for longer.
trust-owned New Zealand company that has a range of products
that use sensors and artificial intelligence to monitor
activity within a home. These same products can indicate
illness or deteriorating health by alerting family and
caregivers to changes in daily routine.

Manager Mark Smith says having infra-red motion detection
sensors installed throughout the residence can let family
and carers know that a person is “up and about” in the
morning. He said unusual patterns of activity, or lack of
activity, such as not using the kitchen or bathroom can be
early indicators of illness that can be quickly followed up

“Products like our FAMILY and PRO packs have
sensors linked to an APP that enable family to view activity
from wherever they may be – at work or living in a
different town. It’s unobtrusive for those in the home,
but it provides greater peace of mind for family and
The resident themselves can summon help at any
time using their medical alarm, through a pendant or simply
calling for help using voice activated emergency call

Mark Smith says technology is providing
greater independence and peace of mind for family and carers
of seniors, but it also has potential for those with mental
illness and conditions like dementia as sensors can be
installed on doors and gates with a text alert sent to
family members.


According to the Ministry of Social
Development’s “Aging in Place”: The Views of Older
Homeowners on Maintenance, Renovation and Adaptation”
older people prefer to remain in the family
Statistics NZ, 2013 Census, show that most people
aged 65+ live in private dwellings but the proportion
decreases with age. In 2013, of people aged 65+ living in
private dwellings: 59.3 % were aged 65–74 years; 31.0 %
were aged 75–84 years; 9.7 % were aged 85+.

are also sound financial reasons for seniors staying in the
family home for longer. Compare the cost of a FAMILY or PRO
pack at a few hundred dollars compared with the cost of
residential care which can range into the thousands per
month depending on whether you are eligible for the
Residential Care Subsidy after being Means Tested, and the
level of care and service you require.

in the home

We know from ACC data that one third
of people over 65 fall in their home every year. The ACC
cost due to fall-related injuries in the home were more than
$163milion in 2016, estimated to rise to $418 million by
Of those that fall, 60% spend an average of 12
hours on the floor before being found. And 88% of those
falls require hospitalisation[2].

a different picture with technology

But for
those that had fallen and lain on the floor unable or
unwilling to call for help (only 20% of those with a medical
alarm use it to call for help)[3]
this could have been prevented

  • Wearing a fall detector
    pendant could have immediately alerted our 24/7 monitoring
    centre who would have called to check if assistance was
    required, or if there was no answer would have called an
    ambulance (at our expense)
  • Installing sensors would
    have shown a lack of activity, sending a predictive alert to
    our monitoring station and family members to indicate a
    potential issue which would have been followed up by either
    a family member or alert our monitoring call
  • Having our voice activated emergency call
    device so a call for help using just their voice could have
    been made if they were not carrying their pendant or unable
    to press the pendant

For a free in-home
consultation reach out to us on 0800 865 865 or visit our

more information.

International Journal of Medical
Volume 80, Issue 5, May 2011, Pages
Randomized Trial of Intelligent Sensor
System for Early Illness Alerts in Senior

Marilyn Rantz 1, Lorraine J Phillips 2,
Colleen Galambos 3, Kari Lane 2, Gregory L Alexander 2,
Laurel Despins 2, Richelle J Koopman 4, Marjorie Skubic 5,
Lanis Hicks 6, Steven Miller 2, Andy Craver 2, Bradford H
Harris 5, Chelsea B Deroche 7

Ministry of Health Ageing in Place Conference

Ministry of Health Ageing in Place

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